Tarot

Discussion in 'Philosophy, Religion and Spirituality' started by David612, Oct 22, 2018.

  1. David612

    David612 Registered User

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    Out of curiosity do any of you read tarot?
    It’s an area i personally have a lot of interest in and the Masonic conections are there but I’m interested if anyone here is into it?
     
  2. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    My youngest daughter can read tarot cards. I find it interesting and entertaining.
     
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  3. CLewey44

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    I'm aware of it and how it relates to some different orders (Masonically affiliated and unaffiliated) but I by no means can read tarot cards.
     
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  4. Winter

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    Many Brothers are members of the Builders of the Adytum, also known as BOTA. Maybe check them out if you are interested in learning about esoteric tarot subjects. I'm not promoting them, mind you, merely pointing them out. I was turned on to them by the Brothers that run the WCY podcast. FWIW, the tarot in that school of thought has nothing to do with divination, rather personal spiritual growth through esoteric study. Very interesting stuff.

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  5. CLewey44

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    Funny you mention BOTA, I am a member of the lodge BOTA founder/co-founder Bro. Paul Foster Case was raised in Fairport NY. Ironically anyone I've mentioned that to in lodge have never even heard of him.
     
  6. Winter

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    That is pretty neat that you belong to Brother Case's lodge. I've always been interested in the deeper esoteric aspects of study and havent limited myself to just Masonic authors. Not saying everything has merit! There are some real kooks out there with access to a word processor. And a lot of the new age stuff just really comes across as weird. LoL. But I find the hermetic kabbalah and tarot stuff very interesting study.

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  7. CLewey44

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    I'm sure you're familiar with this and may already be a member of it but if a man wanted to explore that subject and stay within the Masonic family, the SRICF or SRIA(nglia) would be a good path to venture down. Seems SRICF is invite only but if a Brother wanted to get noticed the Rosicrucians tend to hang around the YR and SR alot.
     
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  8. Winter

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    I dont believe you have to attempt divination to study tarot effectively and gain benefit from it. Personal growth and development can be it's own goal by using the tarot to develop insights and understanding.

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  9. David612

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    I have actually tried contacting them but without success-
    I personally take that sort of approach to the cards- it’s a tool to force you to consider other ideas outside of your current line of thought.
     
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  10. David612

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    I actually ended up at the tarot by accident by reading a little on the golden dawn which leads me to A.E Waite and his writing, learnt he was a mason and ended up here-could have just floated through but after seeing the high priestess card my interest is quite piqued. 7529CA63-F4C6-482C-A4A6-A961A5531961.jpeg
     
  11. Winter

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    You're making a large leap that one lead to the other. I know it is a popular assumption, but I dont think the evidence quite supports the theory as much as we would like. Influenced by? Sure. That I'll buy.

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  12. Winter

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    Removed. Posted in the wrong thread because my phone is being wonky.
     
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  13. CLewey44

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    I will still like it simply for you using the word "wonky" lol.
     
  14. David612

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    We can agree on that for sure.
     
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    I haven't worked Tarot in so many years it may have been before I petitioned. It's nice material but I lost interest after a while. Working the Tarot helps tune the mind to emotional input and to intuition, but having worked through those issues for me it got onto my been-there-done-that list.
     
  16. Winter

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    I think one of the things I have found the most enjoyable about studying the tarot is the fool's journey.

    http://www.learntarot.com/journey.htm

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  17. David612

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    To be blunt I had always written it off as airy fairy nonsense as the only way I had experienced it was through that lens, however like most things in this arena there is very much a duality to it.
     
  18. Lightlife

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    I have studied with BOTA for years and found the teachings worth while. However, I'm also a 35 year member of A.M.O.R.C. so that may have predisposed me to BOTA teachings.
     
  19. 613

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    I never gave the tarot any thought until some years ago when I sat down with a total stranger who laid out cards and told me things about my past and my present that were spot-on--even what she claimed about my future somewhat came to pass. (I went back to the same lady a year later, though, and nothing she said made sense. So.)
    Since then, I've become more of a collector than a reader. And, in my collection, I've got two masonic-themed decks. One is The Masonic Tarot Deck (or, Tarot Maconnique) by Jean Beauchard, and the other is The Square & Compasses Tarot Deck by W. Bro P.C. Browne PZ. [There is also a Masonic Tarot out there by Patricio Diaz Silva that was released last year, for anyone interested.]
    While the art for The Masonic Tarot Deck (from France?) is stunning--for the Majors, especially--I find The Square & Compasses Tarot Deck (from South Africa?) just fascinating and much easier to understand, even with my limited knowledge of all things both tarot and masonic. I wonder if anyone here familiar with the tarot has come across these particular decks. How do you like them?
     
  20. Brother JC

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    Had not encountered them but I’ll be looking now.
     
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